ACT Psychotherapy for Voices

Even if one cannot understand everything in this article, those who can grasp the essentials of the counter-intuitive but very simple Acceptance & Commitment Therapy techniques – and then practice them when the voices “show up” – seems as likely to get some relief as I have (again and again) when the noise kicks (always when I am stressed and my autonomic nervous system is way out of balance towards sympathetic branch fight / flight / freeze / freak / fry).

AND… one can learn these techniques from inexpensive workbooks like…

BTW, the 10 StEPs (see below), which is a “quick relief” method built on ACT – as well as MBSR, DBT, MBBT, SEPT and SMPT – also works really well for detaching from the emotional effects of the voices, though one usually has to have some first-hand experience with one or two of those other therapies to be able to use the 10 StEPs something like “100%” effectively.

10 StEP –


I am working on this workbook and I’m loving the ACT metaphors, especially the bus one. I might get the “Big Book of ACT Metaphors” which’ll cost me a big dollar.

I’m going to order one so I can accept my inescapable problems. Thank you!

I use the bus metaphor constantly with those I work with. I have gone way down into it (with and without help from ACT “co-inventor” Steven Hayes, who is surprisingly accessible)… separating the “kids” on one side of the aisle down the middle from the other; handcuffing the more obstreperous ones (who cause trouble for those who want to “get better”) to the rows of seats toward the back; imagining food fights among the “boys on the bus;” using the “driver” as a symbol of effective, observant, reality-based leadership and ego strength; and much, much more.

I told my therapist about it, he thought it was genius. You’re talking about the one about taking left or right turns right?

Yes. But the metaphor is waaaaaaaay extendable from what most ACT therapists ever talk about.

:couple: :two_men_holding_hands: :bus: :vertical_traffic_light: :sun_with_face:

My 2 cents.

Does it elaborate on it in “The Big Book of ACT Metaphors”? (if you happen to own it…)